Sunday, November 29, 2009

From Vietnam


Our colleague Nguyen Hong Nga, who is reporter of progamme: VIETNAM ON THE WAY TO ADAPT THE WORLD has sent a link to Hanoi TV website: www.hanoitv.vn . You go to Biến đổi khí hậu ( Climate change) for more information about the climate change news features. She has also sent an article which is posted below.
Facing a Changing World: Women, Population and Climate
Empowering women key to combating climate change in Vietnam


President of Tanzania calls for action from rich countries

Anna Itenda from Tanzania reports about President Jakaya Kikwete call for action by rich nations::

Developed countries must take the lead in saving the planet

New articles by Andrea


Andrea writes: In few days, we will be there for the second and last round of COP15 (will be last?!). Looking forward to seeing all of you again.  May I ask you to post on our blog two more articles, please?
1) One is about the climate talks in Bonn, August, and which stage the negotiations were there, when there were missing 114 days! In this article, I also took the opportunity to present the results of the 3rd Climate Conference in Geneva and described some adaptation solutions that some developing countries are already implementing. (Andrea1.pdf)
2) The other article is an evaluation of where we are now, what to expect or not from COP15 in relation of political or legal binding obligations. I also wrote about what have been negotiated in terms of mitigation, adaptation, financing and forests (REDD), and where we are now in this talks (Andrea2.pdf). As a complement of the main article, I elaborated a table about the main players in COP15, what are their proposals and some climate data of each one (Andrea2a.pdf). 



DE PICARETA OU BRITADEIRA, QUEBREM ‘O TIJOLO’!


O INÍCIO DE UMA NOVA ERA


O QUE OS PAÍSES ESTÃO PROMETENDO


Thank you very much,
Best regards,
Andrea

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

COP15 for journalists: a guide to the UN climate change summit


Mike Shanahan highlights a four-page briefing paper for journalists on COP15 published by IIED. It covers COP15, its build up and its aftermath. It explains key processes, major actions to be agreed and possible outcomes.

It has been reviewed by three international lawyers who sit on national delegations during UN negotiations.

It covers things like:
  • The future of the Kyoto Protocol – do some countries really want to kill it? 
  • Different COP15 outcomes, from no agreement to two legally binding protocols
  • Hot topics and sticking points in the negotiations – forests, fossil fuels and finance.
  • Where developing nations agree – and where they disagree.
  • Different negotiating blocks, and what they stand for.
 Download the briefing here

Mike also notes Climate Change Media Partnership’s Roster of Experts

Monday, November 23, 2009

Working facilities in the Bella Center

Dear All,

We will meet again very soon but I think that you should know that we will have excellent working facilities during the COP15: I have secured one of the so-called TV-cubicles, where our closest neighbourgs will be BBC, CNN and the other big fellows...

You can read more about the cubicles at http://www.cop15hb.dk/index.php?id=18

And then we will have the first two days of meeting at a different venue from last time - we will be at Verdenskulturcentret (The World Cultural Centre), which is 5 minutes walking from the place that you are staying.

Looking forward to see you all very soon,
Per
Hi from Padma,
The SciDev.Net team has been looking at the area of agriculture and climate change, in the past few days.

Here is an Opinion piece from William Dar, director general of ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics), Hyderabad, India: on " Agriculture can adapt to climate change"

http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/agriculture-can-adapt-to-climate-change.html

And a news item on "Don't ignore agriculture in climate talks, experts warn"

http://www.scidev.net/en/news/don-t-ignore-agriculture-in-climate-talks-experts-warn.html

And earlier: "No simple solution to livestock and climate change"

http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/no-simple-solution-to-livestock-and-climate-change.html

PLUS

A report from China on "G-8 emission goals out of reach of developing countries"

http://www.scidev.net/en/news/g8-emissions-goals-out-of-poor-countries-reach-1.html

Pls check out in case it if of interest

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Aline Falco analyses the negotiation process

Here are two new stories from Aline, analysing the negotiation process:
  • The first one examines how the negotiation process has evolved over the course of this year.
  • The second is an inteview about the recent lowering of big leader's expectations about COP 15. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pamela Asigi Andiba's latest videos


In the following two clips, posted on YouTube, Pamela frames the tough climate change challenges faced in Kenya from two perspectives:

  • International: Kenya's perspective on climate change is set within the global context, summarising why a meaningful agreement in Copenhagen is vitally important to Kenya;
  • National: The hardship and dramatic consequences of water scarcity for rural communities summarise the human dimension of climate change in Kenya.   

Violet Nakamba reports on media's role in building climate awareness in Zambia


Violet gives Zambian perspectives on awareness raising about COP15 and the strategic opportunities the process presents for Zambia.

View article.

Tenzin Namgyel reports from Bhutan

Here are three articles developed by Tenzin covering Bhutan's policies on:

Ochieng' Ogodo reports further on water challenges facing Africa

Ochieng' Ogodo summarises key findings from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report 'Fresh Water Under Threat, Vulnerability Assessment of Freshwater Resources to Environmental Change, Africa', released at the 2nd Africa Water Week in South Africa last week (November 9–13).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Updates from Ogodo and Padma

This is the latest contribution from Ogodo - I am presently in Zambia on a poor Internet line, so I have not been able to read the article myself. But see you all soon i Copenhagen.
Best regards,
Per

And here is the link to Ogodos article http://scidev.net/en/news/africa-facing-climate-data-shortage.html

Padma has also sent us an update - here is the mail from her:

Last week (5 Nov) SciDev.net published a sub-focus on clean tech transfer as a run-up to COP-15. It is there on the top container on the home page "Talking clean tech at Copenhagen"
http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/clean-technology-and-copenhagen/

It contains an editorial by David Dickson: "Clean technology as public good"
http://www.scidev.net/en/editorials/clean-technology-as-a-public-good.html

and a feature by me: "Climate change's tech transfer challenge".
http://www.scidev.net/en/features/climate-change-s-tech-transfer-challenge.html

besides earlier news, features and opinions

October saw a flurry of climate change related meetings/events in Delhi.

Pls check out on:
Link between patent law and patent transfer 'not proven'
http://www.scidev.net/en/news/link-between-patent-law-and-tech-transfer-not-proven-.html

Speed up climate tech transfer, urges UN meeting
http://www.scidev.net/en/news/speed-up-climate-tech-transfer-urges-un-meeting.html

For a recap;
SDN had published a spotlight on climate and vector-borne diseases in September
http://www.scidev.net/en/health/climate-change-insect-borne-disease/

and on REDD in July
http://www.scidev.net/en/opinions/not-ready-for-redd--1.html

In November SDN published an Opinion on No simple solution to livestock and climate change

http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/opinions/no-simple-solution-to-livestock-and-climate-change.html


and my feature on adaptation: Adaptation is crucial too

http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/features/climate-change-adapting-is-crucial-too.html

Best Wishes Padma

Monday, November 9, 2009

Update from Padma


Last week (5 Nov) SciDev.net published a sub-focus on clean tech transfer as a run-up to COP-15. It is there on the top container on the home page "Talking clean tech at Copenhagen" 




It contains an editorial by David Dickson: "Clean technology as public good"
and a feature by me: "Climate change's tech transfer challenge"
besides earlier news, features and opinions.


October saw a flurry of climate change related meetings/events in Delhi.

Pls check out on:
Link between patent law and patent transfer 'not proven'

Speed up climate tech transfer, urges UN meeting

For a recap;
SDN had published a spotlight on climate and vector-borne diseases in September
 

and on REDD in July

In November SDN published an Opinion on No simple solution to livestock and climate change

and my feature on adaptation: Adaptation is crucial too

Sunday, November 8, 2009

News from Central America


Our colleague Carlos Gomez writes: I just posted a note about the Minister of Guatemala where he says that Central America will be the most devastated area due to climate change. He demands compensation from industrialized nations. It is on our website:

Centroamérica será la región más afectada del planeta por los impactos del cambio climático

See also this article about climate change and national security in Mexico and Central America:


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Denmark - Fossil of the day award




Barcelona, Spain, November 2, 2009: Two Fossil of the Day Awards were presented this evening at the UN climate talks in Barcelona, to those countries who were judged – by vote of the global Climate Action Network International (CAN-I) to have performed ‘best’ at blocking progress in the negotiations.

As government delegates and observers from the negotiations looked on, young climate activists announced the winners. Much like the Oscars, the awards are kept secret until a colourful presentation ceremony, adding some life to the otherwise bureaucratic UN conference. The winners names are passed to the host in a sealed envelope before being announced before a large crowd of spectators.

1st place was awarded to Denmark – the host of the crucial Copenhagen climate summit this December. Denmark received the award for promoting the concept of a “politically binding” deal in Copenhagen as a possible alternative to a “legally binding” framework agreement.

“Instead of showing leadership, Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen is spreading confusion and insecurity,” said Tove Ryding of Danish Greenpeace. “Rasmussen is providing fuel for the many governments attempting to downplay expectations for a legally binding framework agreement coming out of Copenhagen.”

“The concept of a ‘politically binding’ deal is simply not adequate when the threat of climate change is so urgent. As the host of the Copenhagen summit, Denmark should be supporting a legally binding outcome this December, which would be the real win for our climate.”

Mayors Climate Change Summit - A Reflection

Frederick Opoku writes: At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, national governments will be negotiating for a new global climate agreement. At the same time, cities will present solutions needed to combat climate change at a Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayors. The summit to be held from December 14, to 17 at the Copenhagen City hall, is being hosted and organized by the City of Copenhagen in special cooperation with C40 and ICLEI. The theme for the summit is “The Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayors – supporting an ambitious and relevant climate agreement. Change your globe.” Read more:

Mayors Climate Change Summit - A Reflection


Monday, November 2, 2009

Link to website from Aline

Here's a link for a page about COP 15 created for my website. There, you can find texts about the importance of reaching a strong agreement on climate change at the conference; about Brazilian government position regarding important topics that have to reach a common ground at the meeting; about the position of the most important countries; a quick guide about COP, and more... Everything in Portuguese. Best regards, Aline

http://www.mudancasclimaticas.andi.org.br/cop15/